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ICI is providing these resources to help facilitate critical education and discussion about a variety of topics and issues related to all things “mental health”. Inclusion in this list does not necessarily imply endorsement by ICI. Some of these resources are closely aligned with our mission, vision, and values. Others may use terms or ideas, promote values or beliefs, or engage in activities that are not fully in sync with what we believe in, strive towards, or envision as an organization; however, we’ve included them here because, in our estimation, they still contribute constructively to some aspects of our overall mission.
Based in Connecticut, U.S. "Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that helps people with or in recovery from mental health and/or addiction issues and their families. Our primary focus is to help people recover and/or strengthen their recovery, enabling them to re-integrate into the community, obtain jobs, and achieve their independence."
"The Alliance for Human Research Protection is a national network of lay people and professionals dedicated to advancing responsible and ethical medical research practices, to minimizing the risks associated with such endeavors and to ensuring that the human rights, dignity and welfare of human subjects are protected."
"Sixty-one authors – (ex-) users and survivors of psychiatry, therapists, psychiatrists, lawyers, social scientists and relatives from all five continents – report about their alternative work, their objectives and successes, and their individual and collective experiences."
"In this astonishing and startling book, award-winning science and history writer Robert Whitaker investigates a medical mystery: Why has the number of disabled mentally ill in the United States tripled over the past two decades?"
"The Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry aims to provide strategic leadership in human rights advocacy, implementation and monitoring relevant to people experiencing or labeled with madness, mental health problems or trauma."
The Cochrane Collaboration "is a global independent network of researchers" who "work together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest." The Cochrane Library "is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making".
The Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry is a UK-based organization involved in fostering research, public education, and political activities that are guided towards improving understanding of psychiatric medications and drug withdrawal.
Peter Gøtzsche's book seeks to "alert people to two terrible facts: Prescription drugs are the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer. The behaviour of Big Pharma fulfils the criteria for organised crime in US law."
China Mills' book "seeks to de-familiarize current ‘Western’ conceptions of psychology and psychiatry using postcolonial theory. It leads us to wonder whether we should call for equality in global access to psychiatry, whether everyone should have the right to a psychotropic citizenship and whether mental health can, or should, be global."
A collection edited by Mark Rapley, Joanna Moncrieff, and Jacqui Dillon: "Psychiatry and psychology have constructed a mental health system that does no justice to the problems it claims to understand and creates multiple problems for its users. Yet the myth of biologically-based mental illness defines our present.
Monica Cassani's resource-rich website "documents and shares many natural methods of self-care for finding and sustaining health in body, mind and spirit" and "deals with wider issues in the socio/political and spiritual realms as they pertain to mental health and human rights issues surrounding psychiatry."
"The International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry is a non-profit volunteer organization of mental health professionals, physicians, educators, ex-patients and survivors of the mental health system, and their families. Our mission is to use the standards of scientific inquiry to address the ethics of psychology and psychiatry."
Kelly Brogan, MD, is a holistic women's health psychiatrist who "practices functional medicine which endeavors to identify individual, root cause contributors to current symptoms with the goal of enhancing and supporting our bodies’ own infinitely complex mechanisms and their native drive toward homeostasis."
Founded by lawyer and ex-psychiatric patient James Gottstein, the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) is a public interest law firm with a mission "to mount a strategic litigation campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock in the United States". PsychRights has won a number of precedent-setting cases, and the website provides many legal resources.